Step 6: Setup Your WordPress Site
Okay! You have got your web hosting account and installed WordPress on it. It’s time to set up your WordPress site. So, it will be ready for the visitor. Here are the things that we would do in this step:
- Learning WP dashboard.
- Do some important settings
- Install Theme
- Install Plugins
So, let’s start.
Learning WordPress Dashboard
First of all, login to your WordPress dashboard by visiting:
http://yoursite.com/wp-admin (replace yoursite.com with your domain)
Now, enter the login details that you have given while installing WordPress.
Now, You have logged in to your WP dashboard. Here how it looks like:
It’s time to learn how to use this dashboard. The front page consists of some quick links, quick save the post to draft, statistics and WordPress News. There is nothing important here in this part.
The sidebar is containing links to the different parts of the Admin panel. Here I have described the main parts of your WordPress dashboard:
Posts: This tab is for managing posts on your site. Posts can be called as articles, blogposts, entries, and tutorials. It depends on your website type. If you wanted to create a blog then you will manage your blogpost from there. You can publish, draft, delete, edit and schedule posts from there. This is just like a writing section.
Media: Next one is the media. WordPress has the media compatibility. You can upload images, audio and videos there. Then, you can use those media in your posts. So, you will deliver enrich content to your visitors. Not all platforms support this feature.
Pages: Pages are a little bit different from posts. Pages are permanently on your site. They are not like blogposts. Example: About us, contact us.
Comments: This section is created for managing the comments. You can see the comments which are waiting for approval. Then you can approve, disapprove, review or delete the comments. You can also see which comments are marked as spam.
Appearance: This part is for giving your blog a look. You will design your blog here. All the layouts, designs, themes etc will be managed from there.
Plugins: This section is used to search, install, activate, deactivate and delete plugins from there. Plugins add more functionality to your blog like SEO, photo gallery etc.
Users: There you will manage the users that can access your blog admin panel. If you want someone elese to give access to your admin panel then you can add more users from there. You can also manage the user roles from there. User roles means to give limited access to a user.
Settings: There you will do core settings of your blog. Here you can change the URL, tagline, site-name, and all other important settings of your blog. We will first complete the setting of this section. First visit this section and do an important setting of your site.
Change Your Permalinks
If you want to make your blog search engine friendly then you must make your URL search engine friendly.
WordPress by default don’t have a good structure for the posts. Here are the steps to make your posts’ URL search engine friendly.
First, go to the Settings tab and click on Permalinks.
There you will see many types of structures that you can select. I recommend you to select “Post Name” option.
This option seems neat, clean and easy to remember In this way, your URL structure will be friendly to search engine and user.
It’s the time to give your blog a professional look. There are thousands of themes available in the market. Some are free while some are paid. Choosing a theme consists of some different factor. I would guide you to install a free theme and will tell you some trusted paid theme providers.
First click on Appearance. Now click on Add New.
It’s time to decide which theme do you want to use. You can also search form the thousands of themes displaying there. It depends on you which theme do you want to choose. For example: I like Twenty Sixeen and Sparkling, but i decided to install anyone of these.
Just enter the name of the theme in the search button. Now, click on the Install button
Preview the theme and install it.
When the theme will be installed. Click on Activate button. You may preview this before activating. The theme will be activated.
Visit your site
Another method is used to install themes – Which is done y uploading the themes. Here are the steps to upload the downloaded theme.
Click on Appearance.
Click on Add New button.
Click on Upload Theme which is located at the top of the page.
Now, choose ZIP file from your hard disk and Install Now.
Now, activate the theme and enjoy.
You might be thinking which theme to use and where to get it? Let’s me explain you.
Free themes are usually not perfect for professional sites. if you can’t afford a paid theme then you may use the free one. I recommend you to have a paid theme. Here are some of the best WordPress themes provider:
- Elegant Themes
- Tesla Themes
You may use any of the above themes. I am using Genesis Framework on this blog.
Okay! It’s time to supercharge your blog. There are thousands of WordPress plugins available. Each plugin has its specialty. So, it depends on you which plugin do you want to install. For example, you want SEO functions features on your website, install SEO plugin. You want to have a photo gallery, search for the gallery and install plugins accordingly.
I can teach you to install plugins, you will do the rest. Install the plugins that you need using this procedure. Here are the steps to install plugins:
Click on Plugins in the WordPrss dashboard. Then, click on Add New.
It’s just like installing themes. Same procedure. Enter the name, and install. For example, I want to install Yoast SEO I entered the name.
Search for plugins and hit enter:
Click on Install Button.
Activate the plugin
That was the whole process. It’s up to you. Search all the plugins and install them yourself. Here are some plugins which are useful and I am using them
- Jetpack by WordPress.com (it contains many tools to supercharge your blog)
- WordPress SEO by Yoast (Best SEO plugin)
- W3 Total Cache
- Thirsty Affiliates
Write Your First Post/Article
Okay! now, your blog is launched and it is shining. Let’s take the first step of your blog, after starting it. Let’s write your first blog post.
Click on Posts tab in your dashboard.
Now, click on Add New button.
Your post editor appeared. This is really user-friendly and comfortable.
There is no detailed tutorial needed to publish your first post. Just fill in the pot title and content, then hit publish!
Congratulations! Your post is published.